Of course, when you take a luxury vacation to a tropical island, you're counting on taking advantage of the climate & the scenery by basking on the beach for a good portion of your trip. However, weather is unpredictable, & there's a chance that a tropical rainstorm could hit at any time. When the clouds roll in, don't let them ruin your getaway. There are plenty of ways to have fun on your trip regardless of whether the sun is out.
Here are some ideas for beating those rainy day blues & having a blast:
Visit a museum – You probably don't want to spend an afternoon indoors when the sun is shining, so a gloomy day offers an ideal opportunity to get cultured on your vacation. Do some research to find a local history, art or science museum that piques your interest or ask your resort concierge for suggestions. Be sure to look into eateries in the area, too, so you can refuel with a delicious lunch & make a day out of it.
Play some games – Some resorts have a casino on the grounds, but if yours doesn't, you can likely find one in the nearby area. Or, if you'd rather stay in the comfort of your own suite, simply stop at the hotel gift shop for a deck of cards or a board game. This is a great option for keeping kids occupied on a family vacation.
Head to the spa – If you're lucky, your resort will have an on-site spa so that you can enjoy lavish treatments without even leaving the property. Regardless, a rainy day presents the perfect chance to indulge in a little pampering. Soothe sore muscles with a massage, or rejuvenate your skin with a body scrub or wrap. After all, a luxury getaway is all about relaxation, so there's no use stressing about the weather.
Do some shopping – You'll need some souvenirs for yourself & your loved ones, so you might as well make the most of a rainy day & scope out the goods at some local shops.
Hit the gym – It's unlikely that you'll want to use the resort exercise facilities on a gorgeous day. See if your hotel's gym offers any fun indoor classes, or just make use of the equipment to keep up with your own fitness routine. This way you'll have a beach-ready body when the sun comes back out.
Drinking tequila is a whole different experience in Cancun – it's not just an activity reserved for partying, it's something of an educational experience. As Mexico's national drink, tequila is deeply rooted in the country's history starting in the 16th century. In fact, there is even a regulatory board that dictates the strict standards for the tequila production process, ensuring that the spirit is of the highest quality. Mexican law even states that tequila must have at least 51 percent agave. Tequila can only be made in certain parts of Mexico, & each distillery produces a product with a distinctly different flavor. Considering the fact that the blue agave plant makes more than 600 types of tequila, there is much to learn about this liquor. If you're eager to get an education about the variety of kinds of tequila on your next luxury vacation to Cancun, there's no better way to do so than on a tasting.
Here are two venues that offer tours & tastings to make you a tequila expert in no time:
Upon arriving at this restaurant, you'll see blue agave plants growing right outside the entrance. Inside, you'll find the fascinating machines & tools that are used to make tequila. If you're a visual learner, simply look around you at the murals on the walls – they tell the history of the spirit. One of these stunning paintings is of Mayahuel, the Goddess of Agave. The tour kicks off with a cocktail called the Tequilibrio. After sampling this delicious drink, you'll be guided through the restaurant until you eventually settle at a table with a breathtaking view of the lagoon. Here you'll be given a sample of three different tequilas: a blanco, a reposado & an añejo. You can catch a tour any time between 1 p.m. & 5 p.m., but it's best to go earlier in the day to ensure you get a spot.
Tequila Herradura Museo Sensorial
Did you think all museums were boring? This one will prove you wrong. First, you'll learn about how the methods for tequila distillation have changed over the years. All of your senses will be engaged, as you'll smell the aroma of tequila aging in a barrel & then taste the finished product for yourself. You'll even watch short video presentations that offer you a deeper look at the process. The tour guide will also teach you about how to taste tequila properly.
With such lofty expectations for bliss on your honeymoon, it can seem nearly impossible to actually make all of your dreams come true – unless you're at Sandals Royal Caribbean. A stay at this one-of-a-kind resort in Jamaica will make you feel like you've taken a trip around the world. From a private offshore island with an Oriental palace to the ultra regal British Manor, there are endless surprises for you & your new spouse to discover here. The moment you arrive, you're welcomed in a British accent through a grand porte cochere & guided to the Georgian-style Great House bordered by exotic tropical gardens. Then your journey into paradise begins.
No matter which room you & your sweetheart choose to stay in, you'll be incredibly close to the crystal clear cerulean water. The Beachfront Honeymoon Walkout Club Level Room, which comes with ultra attentive concierge service & a fully stocked bar, is mere steps away from the beach off your patio. Meanwhile, the Kensington Cove Honeymoon Beachfront Club Level Room offers a breathtaking view of the Caribbean & a private whirlpool tub.
Want instant access to the resort's tranquil lagoon? The Swim Up Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite grants you an easy entrance, as well as an enormous whirlpool bath, oversized patio & your very own personal butler. Or, if you'd rather be overlooking the sea, book a stay in the Crystal Lagoon Honeymoon Penthouse Oceanview One Bedroom Butler Suite, with plush furniture & panoramic views. The Royal Sanctuary Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite is among the most popular rooms, with a perfect location right on the resort's pristine beach with either an expansive balcony or patio.
With eight international restaurants on the grounds, you can essentially taste your way around the world on your vacation. When you want authentic Caribbean food, head to Eleanor's. The chic restaurant is surrounded by lush tropical plants, & every delicious dish on the menu is infused with local vegetables, herbs & spices. Try the traditional conch chowder, chicken roti or grilled rib eye dusted with Blue Mountain Coffee & drizzled with dark rum jus – but save room for the PawPaw (papaya) créme brûlée. Be sure to visit Le Jardinier, where you can watch the chefs cook up delectable French cuisine from the open-show kitchen & enjoy your meal from a romantic courtyard complete with a garden & an elegant fountain. Dine like royalty at The Regency, which feels like an early 19th century British residency, complete with an outdoor terrace, awe-inspiring artwork, wall-mounted candles & other charming decor.
For a truly unique experience, though, head to Royal Thai, which is situated on a private offshore island. After a ride on the Wayang Doll, you'll enter a mysterious & dimly lit palace & feast on innovative Thai fare bursting with flavor.
Whatever you have in mind for your luxury vacation is possible at Sandals Royal Caribbean. Those seeking ultimate relaxation can sunbathe on the sand & hit up the on-site Red Lane Spa for luxurious massages & rejuvenating treatments. On the other hand, couples who are seeking some more action can choose from the wide array of land & water activities. From tennis, yoga & Pilates to snorkeling, sailing & scuba diving, there's certainly something for everyone. Who knows? You might find a new hobby you both can share.
After dinner, take part in the energetic on-site nightlife at a Jamaican jamboree, beach party, talent night or just sit in the elegant piano bar & enjoying the live music.
Destination weddings have the potential to be just as memorable for guests as they are for the bride & groom. The key to making one of these events truly memorable is ensuring all of the attendees feel comfortable & appreciated. It's ultimately the little things that count when it comes to these occasions. So whatever destination you choose, be it St. Lucia or Tahiti, be sure to make small, special touches to bring you & your guests' experience to a whole new level.
Here are a few ideas that are bound to bring a smile to their faces:
Put some thought into your initiations & people will be even more excited about the big day. If you're having a wedding in Riviera Maya or Cancun, you might make a save-the-date that emulates the traditional Mexican papel picado, a craft paper with intricate cutout designs. Or, you couldmake cards printed with local artists' work for a destination wedding in Jamaica. Several weeks before the ceremony, send out another teaser to raise their anticipation even further. A guide to the destination is a great idea because it will help them to get acquainted with the location before they travel. You might even include a packing checklist to make sure they don't forget anything important.
Guests will be delighted if they're greeted with some goodies upon arrival. Leave a care package with a tote, sunblock & a disposable camera for beach weddings. You could also provide customized luggage tags to commemorate the event as a thoughtful souvenir. Providing them with beautiful woven fans is a nice idea for making sure guests stay cool at afternoon outdoor island weddings, when the sun is especially hot. Of course, a local bottle of wine is always a great gift idea to help your attendees kick off the festivities.
While you're planning the reception, ask the bartender about creating a customized libation & a mocktail that's inspired by local ingredients. For example, a signature rum punch will keep attendees in the Jamaican mindset. A special grapefruit margarita or mango mojito will keep guests refreshed at a wedding in Mexico. In Hawaii, attendees could sip on a coconut-themed cocktail or a Kona Coffee-Tini for a taste of true island flavor. Of course, don't forget to give your signature drink a creative name, & consider putting the recipe in guests' gift bags so they can recreate the tasty drink at home.
There are times in life when adults just need to get away from all of the obligations & stress they deal with in everyday life. When the urge strikes to take a luxury vacation to relax & recharge, a resort filled with families & kids might not offer the right kind of environment. After all, you want total serenity. In that case, the adults-only Hotel Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana is your answer for a calm atmosphere, lavish amenities, gourmet meals & unparalleled service. Situated right on the breathtaking Bávaro de Punta Cana Beach, your worries are bound to melt away almost instantly in the hot Dominican sun.
Here's a look at what your getaway would entail:
Live in the lap of luxury
Every single one of the suites at the Grand Hotel Bávaro has a stunning view. From the rooms overlooking the garden to the seaside suites & the swim-out suites with direct pool access from the terrace, you simply can't go wrong in regard to the accommodations. No matter what room you book, you'll have a Jacuzzi for two, Satellite TV, an extensive pillow menu to choose from & even a fully stocked mini-bar. Marble baths, top-of-the-line linens & ultra plush bathrobes & slippers & other extravagant extras will make you feel like royalty. You'll also have access to around-the-clock room service to fulfill any craving you might have, no matter what time it hits.
The all-inclusive concept extends to the dining at the Grand Hotel Bávaro, meaning you can savor decadent meals without having to think twice about the bill. From an an international buffet to an East Asian-inspired teppanyaki restaurant, you'll definitely find something to excite your palate, no matter your taste preferences. If it's a spectacular Italian dinner by candlelight you're seeking, head to La Tentazione. Or, if you're looking for a meal in a truly romantic setting, make a reservation at Le Tourbillon. Regardless of what you're eating, the resort has a perfect pairing on its impressive wine, beer & liquor list.
If your idea of a dream vacation is to bask in the sun, then simply lay back & enjoy the view or even indulge in a beachfront massage. However, when you're antsy to get active, you can hit the resort's gym for some tai-chi, aerobics, tennis or spinning classes. You can even play a round of beach volleyball if you don't want to leave the pristine sand. Snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, water skiing & parasailing lessons all offer you the chance to try something totally new. You could easily spend an entire afternoon at the 18-hole Bávaro Golf club, which has awe-inspiring hills & ideal crosswinds for practicing your swing.